July 2018

Dunmow paedophile jailed for crimes so horrific that police officers needed counselling

Police investigating a paedophile from Dunmow had to attend counselling sessions after viewing his horrific collection of abuse images.

Russell Jameson, 70, horded abhorrent pictures and videos relating to the torture of babies and children as young as 18 months old.

The financial advisor’s collection was so grotesque that two investigating officers sought professional help to overcome what they had seen.

This morning (Thursday, July 19), Jameson came before Chelmsford Crown Court to be sentenced for his disgusting crimes.

Before proceedings began, Judge Patricia Lynch QC said: “Members of the public may well come into court but they may well wish they had not,” referencing the disturbing nature of the charges.

The defendant, of Ongar Road, pleaded guilty to all 16 counts relating to sexual offences, some of which involved children.

The details of the charges were then read out in full. However, we have taken the decision not to publish the graphic details.

Prosecuting, Mark Halsey revealed how Jameson’s stockpile of abuse images was harrowing for the officers who investigated him.

“This was the worst collection they have seen,” he said.

“Two officers have received counselling as a result of the material they have looked at.”

Jameson had gathered 1,802 Category A indecent images of children, the most serious category of offending, including videos.

The full list of charges Jameson pleaded guilty to

  • 1. Making indecent images of a child

  • Jameson had a stash of 1,802 photographs and videos depicting the horrific abuse of real children. The youngest child is believed to be between 18 months and two years old.

  • 2. Making indecent images of a child – 745 Category B images

  • 3. Making indecent images of a child – Category C photographs and videos

  • 4. Possess a prohibited image of a child

  • There were 235 of this type, which were cartoon or CGI images. While they were not of real children, they depicted pre-pubescent girls being abused.

  • 5. Possess extreme pornographic images portraying an act which involved sexual interference with a corpse

  • 6. Possess an extreme pornographic image portraying an act which threatened life

  • 7. Possess extreme pornographic image portraying an act which is likely to result in serious injury to a person’s private parts

  • 8. Possess an extreme pornographic image portraying an act of intercourse or oral sex with a dead or alive animal

  • 9. Making a pseudo-photograph of a child – Category A

  • Whilst these were not of real children, Jameson had edited the image to show the faces of people known to him on the bodies being abused. The pictures were of children’s faces.

  • 10. Making a pseudo-photograph of a child – Category B

  • 11. Making a pseudo-photograph of a child – Category C

  • 12. Distribute an indecent photograph/pseuo-photograph of a child – Category A

  • 13. Distribute an indecent photograph/pseuo-photograph of a child – Category B

  • 14. Distribute an indecent photograph/pseuo-photograph of a child – Category C

  • 15. Possess an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child

  • 16. Publishing an obscene article

His collection, which dated back to January 2013, also included cartoon or CGI images of the sexual abuse of children and adults, as well as a vast amount of pseudo-images with faces of people known to the defendant edited onto the bodies.

In a series of live and deleted chat logs on the dark web and chat site Omegle, Jameson distributed images and videos from his collection to other like-minded paedophiles.

“In the chat forums he took part in fantasy role play with others,” Mr Halsey added.

“He talks about torturing young girls.”

After police executed a warrant at his home on August 25 last year, more than 3,000 chats were found on the dark web on the defendant’s two computers.

In one discussion with another user about an image of a girl aged between seven and 10, Jameson said: “This girl has the perfect body for me.

“I would love to torture her for a couple of days and then kill her.”

Judge Lynch condemned Jameson’s actions before sentencing him to five years in prison.

“What makes these offences so serious is that the children, the real live children that are being filmed do not live in a fantasy world,” she said.

“They endure the pain and the suffering and the disgust and the abhorrence.

“Children and babies who cannot defend themselves. For them, when the filmer says ‘cut’ and stops filming, they do not turn to each other and say, ‘That was a good day wasn’t it?’.

“It is not fantasy, it is real life. The reason you are a danger to children is that every time depraved fantasists and paedophiles like yourself switch on your computer, you increase demand and where there is demand, it is answered.

“You should be deeply ashamed because but for people like yourself, there would be no call for this. Helpless children would not be filmed doing the most dreadful things.

“You should take your shame for facilitating this dreadful crime to your grave.”